Best Match of the night:
I really wanted to say this would go to American Alpha, which in spite of taking on jobbers, had themselves a really good match. As a fan of tag team wrestling, it would be hard to not like what they do in the ring. And the resemblance to the Steiners continues, with Jordan getting the barking going. But, with apologies to them (and to Nakamura) I give this one to Balor/Samson, as much for what happened after as anything else.
Worst match of the night (AKA Least good match of the night):
Alexa Bliss versus Rachel Ellering. It really wasn’t horrible, none of the matches were. It was just, the least good match. If that makes sense.
Crowd Chants of the Night
Thank you Finn
You deserve it
King of StrongStyle
Let’s go Rachel/Alexa Bliss
Star of the Night
Balor is back and everyone knows it. Had a good promo to open the show, which was cut off. And a great promo to close the show, which was also cut off. And things just escalated from there, and boy was it ever good.
Spot of the Night:
Finn’s Pele’ kick to Sampson, whom no one wanted interrupting Finn Balor.
Nakamura’s inverted Exploder. Sick. And of course, Kinsasha
Balor, leaping from in the ring to the floor (and over the NXT GM) to take out Samoa Joe.
Jobber of the Night:
Alex Riley. With his release on Friday, consider it his parting gift.
Upset of the Night:
Non-existent. It’s an hour of NXT…upsets can happen, but rarely do they.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Hard to pick one, really. So I’ll throw out a couple options, and then let’s see what wins.
-The adoration of Finn Balor. Full Sail loved having him back in their midst, even if he didn’t have his beloved championship anymore.
-The love and respect show to Shinsuke Nakamura. Just impressive, the chants were loud, frequent and unmistakable.
-The set-up getting started for Full Sail’s TakeOver special on June 8, headlined by The Demon getting his rematch against Samoa Joe. Really liking how intense this rivalry is. Just when you think it can’t get any more intense, it does.
Botch of the night:
I really didn’t see any. I may have missed one, but nothing major. Only gripe I even feel like mentioning would be Alexa, just before finishing off Ellering. She had Rachel “by the throat” which was really just an open palm on the chest. It might have been intended that way (I haven’t seen much of Bliss), but it didn’t look great just holding it there (like Ellering couldn’t just pull away).
Commentary of the night:
Death, taxes and Samoa Joe: the only inevitabilities in life
Consider the white lion tranquilized.
Maybe Alexa Bliss is going to make a career out of beating everyone’s kids.
LOL Moment of the night:
Alex Riley. Cut Alex Riley. Still wrestling on NXT. Yes I know it’s taped, and they wouldn’t want to get rid of a Shinsuke Nakamura match. But, this is the downside of taped shows.
Dash and Dawson came down to watch American Alpha up close. Didn’t get physically involved, but it’s only a matter of time.
Another week, another kid of a wrestling legend on NXT. This time, the daughter of “Pretty” Paul Ellering, in a losing effort.
Samoa Joe has an opponent for the next TakeOver on June 8, and it’s the same one as the last TakeOver. Finn gets his rematch.
Blake and Murphy will face Austin Aries and a partner of his choosing next week.
Nothing, really. It was a good show that kept me entertained.
Great tag team action.
After the final bell:
Stop me if you’ve heard me say this before (because I have) but this program, with the NXT roster, and given that it’s only on the WWE Network? They could, and probably should, consider expanding it. No, not to 3 hours-no wrestling show on weekly TV needs to be that long. But an hour and a half? 2 hours for special occasions? I doubt anyone would complain. They fit a lot in in the 50-ish minutes we get every week, so I am certainly not complaining about what we get. I just want more.
And why do I want more? Because the show was action packed, full of good stuff, and was setting things up for the next weeks and months ahead, and it’s going to be a good Summer.
American Alpha take care of Hollis and Skyler
Shinsuke destroys Alex Riley
Alexa Bliss defeats Rachel Ellering
Finn Balor goes off and dominates Elias Samson